An error occurred while reconnecting - Fix this Windows error now

Are you facing Window error,  An error occurred while reconnecting Y: to \\user\file ?

This guide is for you.

Window error,  An error occurred while reconnecting happens when someone is trying to access that mapped drive on their computer. This can be due to misconfiguration with drive mapping.

After the Windows 10 build 1709 Fall Creators Update (Enterprise and Education editions), many of our customers using Windows reported that when they tried opening a network shared folder on a nearby computer they got this error.

Mapping a drive refers to that feature of Windows 10 which gives its users a privilege of connecting to disks hosted remotely. 

For those organizations and systems which are connected on a network, this is quite the basic use case. 

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to resolve Windows error as such.

How to fix 'An error occurred while reconnecting' on Windows Server ?

While trying to open a network shared folder on a nearby computer Window 10 build 1709 users often end up with the following error:

Restoring Network Connections An error occurs when you try to open a network folder: An error occurred while reconnecting Y: to \\user\file Microsoft Windows Network: You can't access this shared folder because your organization's security policies block unauthenticated guest access. These policies help protect your PC from unsafe or malicious devices on the network.

Moreover, on other computers with Windows 8.1, Windows 7, or on Windows 10 with a build of up to 1709, the same shared network folders open normally.

Only in the modern versions of Windows 10 (starting from 1709 build), the guest access to the shared folders using the SMBv2 protocol was disabled by default.

When accessing a network folder under a guest account over the SMBv1/v2 protocol, at times makes our session vulnerable to the MiTM (man-in-the-middle) attacks.

In Windows 10 Home and Pro 1709, these changes are not applied and the network access under the guest account works fine.

The best way to fix this issue is to configure access with authentication if only the SMBv2 protocol supported by the device.

How to configure access with authentication if only the SMBv2 protocol ?

Depending on the device on which er store the network folders , we must disable guest access on them:

1. For NAS devices – disable guest access in the settings of NAS device.

2. For Samba server on Linux — if we are sharing network folder using Samba on Linux add the following string to the smb.conf configuration.

Under the section [global]:

map to guest = never

After that we can restrict anonymous access in the section with a description of the shared folder:

guest ok = no

Alternative method- Using the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

We can change the settings on Windows 10 computers to allow access to shared network folders under the guest account.

This method should be used only as a temporary solution. Since it allows access to folders without authentication significantly reduces the level of security of our computer and data.

With the following steps we can enable access under the guest account from our computer :

1. Firstly, go to the Configuration and take Administrative templates

2. Then take  Network and go to Lanman Workstation.

3. From there find and enable the policy ‘Enable insecure guest logons’.

These policy settings determine whether the SMB client will allow unsafe guest logon to the SMB server.

In Windows 10 Home, which does not have a local GPO editor, we can make changes through the registry editor with the following command:

reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters /v AllowInsecureGuestAuth /t reg_dword /d 00000001 /f

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This article covers methods to resolve fix 'An error occurred while reconnecting' Windows error. 

Causes for 'The Local Device Name is already in Use' Error on Windows:

1. Drive mapping has gone wrong – The process of network drive mapping can sometimes produce problems like this one when it comes to drive letters.

2. Some drive letters are unassigned – Some drives may have incorrect or even missing drive letters which causes this error to appear.

3. File and Printer Sharing is disabled – If this option is disabled in any firewall you might be using, networking becomes difficult and full of errors.

4. No space on the server – Users have reported that they had to free up at least a couple of gigabytes on the root drive of the network’s server to get rid of the problem.

To fix 'The Local Device Name is already in Use' Error on Windows:

Remap the Drive Using Command Prompt

Remapping the network drive is the official solution recommended by Microsoft for users facing this problem. However, it has worked for many users and it has become one of the most used methods for this problem. 

Check out the steps to implement this;

1. Search for “Command Prompt” either right in the Start menu or by tapping the search button right next to it. Right-click on the first result which will appear at the top and select the “Run as administrator” option.

2. Users who are using an older version of Windows can use the Windows Logo Key + R key combination in order to bring up the Run dialog box. Type in “cmd” in the box and use the Ctrl + Shift + Enter key combination in order to run Command Prompt as an administrator.

3. Copy and paste the command shown below and make sure you click the Enter key on your keyboard.

net use * /delete

4. After you see that the operation is completed successfully, run the following command:

net use Z: \\server\share /user:username password

5. Make sure you replace the username and password placeholders with the correct username and password. Check to see if the problem is resolved!